School of Life Sciences

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The School of Life Sciences covers a wide spectrum of biological and medical sciences in both teaching and research. Expertise in the School spans molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, anatomy and zoology.

The School aims to achieve Excellence in Education, both in its own undergraduate science and postgraduate MSc degrees and with the major contributions it makes to professional courses in Medicine, Pharmacy and Dietetics. The School has a substantial research portfolio and strives to achieve research excellence across this range.


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Foundation Science at the University of Nottingham has been established for the past 8 years and has provided excellent students to a variety of different science degree subjects.


We provide excellence in teaching in a wide range of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. For many of these degrees, applicants can choose between 3-year BSc and 4-year MSci courses.


We offer an extensive range of high-quality taught masters' programmes, covering a range of specialist courses ' from molecules to man'.





Primordial germ cells: the first lineage or the last cells standing

Andrew D. Johnson and Ramiro Alberio

Impact of voluntary exercise and housing conditions on hippocampal glucocorticoid receptor, miR-124 and anxiety

Pan-Vazquez, A. Rye, N. Ameri, M. McSparron, B. Smallwood, G. Bickerdyke, J. Rathbone, A. Dajas-Bailador, F and Toledo-Rodriguez, M.

Contribution of serotonin and dopamine to changes in core body temperatue and locomotor activity in rates following repeated administration of mephedrone

Sinead E. Shortall, Clare H. Spicer, Francis J.P. Ebling, A. Richard Green, Kevin C.F. Fone and Madeleine V.King.

Mitotic activity of survivin is regulated by acetylation at K129

Aljaberi AM, Webster JR, Wheatley SP.

Potent and efficacious inhibition of CXCR2 signaling by biparatopic nanobodies combining two distinct modes of action

Bradley ME, Dombrect B, Manini J, Willis J, Vlerick D, De Taeye S, Van den Heede K, Roobrouck A, Grot E, Kent TC, Laeremans T, Steffensen S, Van Heeke G, Brown Z, Charlton SJ, Cromie KD.

Detergent-free purification of ABC (ATP-binding-cassette) transporters

Gulati S, Jamshad M, Knowles TJ, Morrison KA, Downing R, Cant N, Collins R, Koenderink JB, Ford RC, Overduin M, Kerr ID, Dafforn TR, Rothnie AJ.

Application of BRET to monitor ligand binding to GPCRs.

Stoddard LA, Johnstone EK, Wheal AJ, Goulding J, Roberts MB, Machleidt T, Wood KV, Hill SK, Pfleger KD.

Shape up or ship out: migratory behaviour predicts morphology across spatial scale in a freshwater fish

Chapman, B.B, Hulthen,K.,Bronmark,C.,Nilsson,P. A., Hansson, L-A., Brodersen, J.

. The integrin-adhesome is required to maintain muscle structure, mitochondrial ATP production, and movement forces in Caenorhabditis elegans.

Etheridge T, Rahman M, Gaffney CJ, Shaw D, Shephard F, Magudia J, Solomon DE, Milne T, Blawzdziewicz J, Constantin-Teodosiu D, Greenhaff PL, Vanapalli SA and Szewczyk NJ.

. TLR2 Stimulation Regulates the Balance between Regulatory T Cell and Th17 Function: A Novel Mechanism of Reduced Regulatory T Cell Function in Multiple Sclerosis.

Nyirenda MH, Morandi E, Vinkemeier U, Constantin-Teodosiu D, Drinkwater S, Mee M, King L, Podda G, Zhang GX, Ghaemmaghami A, Constantinescu CS, Bar-Or A, Gran B.

ELISA in the multiplex era: Potentials and pitfalls

Tighe PJ, Ryder RR, Todd I, Fairclough L, Tighe P, Punzi L

Natural and disease-specific autoantibodies in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Daffa NI, Tighe PJ, Corne JM, Fairclough LC, Todd I.

Ex vivo and in vitro production of pro-inflammatory cytokines in Blau syndrome

Galozzi P, Negm O, Greco E, Alkhattabi N, Gava A, Sfriso P, Fairclough L, Todd I, Tighe P, Punzi L.

Sail or sink: novel behavioural adaptations on water in aerially dispersing species. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015

Morito Hayashi, Mohammed Bakkali, Alexander Hyde & Sara L. Goodacre (2015)

Nuclear trafficking histone cleavage and induction of opoptosis by the meningococcal App and MspA

Khairalla A, Omer SA, Mahdavi J, Aslam A, Dufaily OA, Self T, Jonsson A-B, Georg M, Sjolinder H, Royer P-J, Matrinez-Pomares L, Ghaemmaghami AM, Wooldridge KG, Oldfield NJ & Ala'Aldeen DAA.

An evolutionarily-unique heterodimeric voltage-gated cation channel found in aphids

Joanna S. Amey, Andrias O. O'Reilly, Mark J. Burton, Alin M. Puinean, Ian R. Mellor, Ian R. Duce, Linda M. Field, B.A. Wallace, Martin S. Williamson, T.G. Emyr Davies.

Acquisition of Germ Plasm Accelerates Vertebrate Evolution

Teri Evans, Christopher M. Wade, Frank A. Chapman, Andrew D. Johnson, Matthew Loose

STAT1-cooperative DNA binding distinguishes type 1 from type 2 interferon signaling

Begitt, A, Droescher M, Meyer T, Schmid, CD, Baker M, Antunes F, Owen MR, Naumann R, Decker T & Vinkemeier U

Temperature triggers immune evasion by Neisseria meningitidis

Loh E, Kugelberg E, Tracy A, Zhang Q, Gollan B, Ewles H, Chalmers R, Pelicic V, Tang CM.

Postgraduate Research


Postgraduate Research Study

There is a large cohort of early career researchers, comprising postdoctoral research fellows, over 300 postgraduate research students, together with highly skilled technical staff underpinning the research activities. Read more »

Applications Apply online »

PhD Funding

School Funded PhD Studentships Available

Marie Sklodowska-Curie ESR (PhD) Fellowships for 2015-16GBL-logo

CLOSPORE is a new Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions ITN based at Centres of Excellence in Lisbon, Helsinki, Paris, Wageningen, Abingdon and Nottingham. Our industrial partner in the UK is Green Biologics.

Call for Brazil Science without Borders PhD Studentships

Read about BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership in Biotechnology & Biological Sciences on the Graduate website »

Apply online for The Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD Programme.  

News and Events


Building a mitotic centrosome in Drosophila

The speaker for this seminar is Paul Conduit fro Cambridge University.

Charlotte Bevan

The speaker for this seminar is Charlotte Bevan from the Imperial College London.

Autumn 2015 seminar programme (PDF)



Scientists find key to malaria growth

A new study, led by Prof Rita Tewari, about cyclins which cause cells to divide rapidly in the malaria parasite could lead to new treatments for malaria.

Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the future

The Faculty for the Future program, launched in 2004, awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhD or Post-doctorate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at leading universities worldwide.


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Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN awards champion good working practices to advance the representation of women in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics. The School of Life Sciences seeks to go beyond this with our flagship policy of fairness and equality of opportunity for all. We are committed to provide a positive and supporting environment for all our staff and students. This is exemplified by our successful bid for Athena SWAN Silver Status and our endeavour to roll out best practice to all staff and student groups.



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